Ace boxer MC Mary Kom (right) now advances to the semifinals of Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers; she also qualifies for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Imphal: Ace Indian boxer and six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Monday secured her berth to Tokyo Olympics 2020 after beating Philippines’ Irish Magno 5-0 in the women’s 51 kg category at the ongoing Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan.

With this outstanding win, the 37-year-old woman pugilist from Manipur would soon fulfill her dream ‘to close her Olympic career with a medal’.

In the semi-finals of the tournament, Mary Kom will now face Chang Yuan of China, a former Youth Olympics champion, on March 11.

Soon after her spectacular performance, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) took to its official Twitter handle and wrote: “CLASS ACT! @MangteC shows the world how to win a bout as she booked her ticket for the second Olympic Games and stormed into the semis with a classic display of counter boxing against IMagno of Philippines. She becomes the 7th Indian to book quota for #Tokyo2020.”

According to reports, the upcoming Tokyo Olympics would likely be the last appearance for this prestigious Game for Mary Kom, who also won a bronze medal at London Olympic in 2012.

So far, alongside Mary Kom, another seven Indian boxers who are representing the country at the ongoing tournament have booked their berth at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The players include Satish Kumar (+91kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Assam’s Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg) and Amit Panghal (52kg).

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